It’s always a pleasure photographing families. Particularly families that have grown from knowing just one of the parents from waaaaaaay back when we were all kids nevermind having kids of our own. It was a lot of fun getting down to the Great Falls since they’ve done major improvements along the Passaic River. The view of the falls now has a nice fence allowing for an unobstructed view of Mother Nature in all her glory.
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The night I photographed Andrea, Emily and Tara was a big ole experiment. There is no creative growth in my book without throwing everything out the window for something new. I shot everything using a lens I would normally never use being so close to the subject. I used off camera flash in a way I never did before. My favorite images taken that evening were shot against a dark background. If I had to describe the look it would be a fluid series of motions captured in one single exposure. This gives the performer something they probably don’t have in their portfolio of images. Something different that stands out and gets a “WOW!”
Style is always evolving. Never be completely content in the work you are creating because there’s always another way to push or pull the methods. Using this method of photographing dancers should encourage anyone that performs dance, or knows someone that dances, to look into booking a shoot with me. We will create amazing images together using this technique.
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Each time I do a wedding or engagement for people I like to think of something different. Something that will stand out and make people remember a particular shot. This time around we shot Kelly and Mike using a big ass tube that someone discarded. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. We did whatever the hell we wanted during this shoot and I’m always grateful for clients, family or not, that are up for some horseplay and antics.
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If you are looking for a “normal” engagement session, I officially don’t do them anymore. This engagement session is next level. The Latin Circus discovery happened on accident and my only regret is it seemed to be vacant that day or else we would have definitely tamed a lion. I’ve known these two characters for a while now and enjoy seeing two wacky people that genuinely care for one another. It’s a pleasure to shoot the reality of it all. When I asked Vin to lay down on a questionable furry rug and have Jenna rule over him like a Queen…they both did it. Top notch effort all around.
I haven’t really talked about my gear much lately. These days I shoot on the Sony A7RII which is definitely the most versatile camera body I’ve ever used. For both my photo and cinema work, there really hasn’t been anything engineered like this camera. The quality of the final images is slamming, the files are easy to work with and the dynamic range through the roof. Not to mention it has in-camera image stabilization. In the new year I will be transitioning over to Sony lenses. Far less weight, much sharper and less expense than the EOS mount lenses I currently use with a Metabones adapter. The Sony Carl Zeiss and G Master lenses are designed to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles the camera offers me.
Now let’s cut to the chase and behold the greatness of Vin and Jenna’s engagement session highlights!
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I was psyched out of my head to shoot this wedding and I’ll tell you why. BIG OLE WATERFALLS! In New Jersey? Say what now? A lot of people have no idea what or where the Great Falls are. It’s one of those things you kinda sorta hear about, but never really follow up on. Until you go there and see them yourself. Susanna and Marcus were getting married at The Brownstone in Paterson which is right around the corner from the Great Falls.
We made good use of our time before things got underway for the ceremony to get some breathtaking shots all over the falls. We lucked out and even got a sweet rainbow ripping across the drop. Ridiculous! I am still psyched about the waterfalls and we’re two paragraphs into this blog…and it’s been months since the wedding.
After nature blew our collective minds, we headed back to the venue to get everyone into position for the ceremony. They had a ceremony that reminded me a bit of my own. They stamped their own touch on the ceremony and it was lovely.
The remainder of the day featured some sweet dance moves for reception and heartfelt toasts from family members. A great, great wedding. Special thanks to Lew Monty for second shooting with me and assisting throughout the day.
Enjoy the photographs.